Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16

I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really focused, I’m going to judge my day, my progress, even my worth, on the things I’ve accomplished.

I know in my head that a check mark by everything on my to do list isn’t synonymous for how good I’m doing. Unfortunately, I just can’t seem to get my feelings to switch over to this way of thinking. This unhealthy outlook permeates every part of my life, especially spiritually. I keep acting like I can win God’s favor by doing more.

And it’s time to get my focus back in line with God.

Being a Christ-follower has its emphasis on the state of being verb, rather than an action verb.

God has always been more interested in the process rather than the product.

To me, that means that statement reminds me that God is relationally, not task oriented. Whatever needs doing, He can do. He uses us to accomplish His will not to keep us busy or because He Himself doesn’t have the time. He allows us to join Him where He’s working because of the relationship.

God wants to spend time with me. He wants me to be so familiar with His voice that I can instantly hear and respond when He calls my name. But when I fill my life with things I have to do, my focus drifts, as things and tasks capture my attention and draw me away from the relationship.

So once again, I’m readjusting my life. I’m looking at the person of God and making concrete plans to spend more time with Him, instead of for Him.

Today I begin again, with my focus on spending time with God instead of spending time for God.

Care to join me?

Edie Melson About Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker— is the author of numerous books. She’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world in person and on the web. Connect with her on and on Twitter.


  1. So true, Edie! A much needed reminder for myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in doing I forget to slow down and commune with the Creator. Great post!

  2. Edie, this is the very same reminder I had this weekend. I was contemplating all that I’m doing for God and realized I’ve yet again slipped out of the harmonious place of doing life with God. It makes an enormous difference when he stays at the center!

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